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moving our community forward together

Positioning Kingston as a Climate Leader

I’ve heard from many Kingstonians on the importance of climate change recently. As a community we have a great opportunity to show leadership in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. At our next City Council meeting we will be considering a motion on whether or not to declare a climate emergency as a way to draw…
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Launching the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing

Housing is a top political issue in our community. After last fall’s election, I pledged to launch a Mayor’s Task Force on Housing during the first 100 days of my second term. This week marks the formal launch of this Task Force, with a unanimous City Council vote approving the formation of a group of…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – February 20th, 2019

Miss Council last night Kingston? Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! Additional links:  Council Agenda Mayor’s Task Force on Housing 

What Priorities Should City Council Focus on Over the Next Four Years?

At the end of March, I will be sitting down with the rest of City Council to determine our priorities for the next four years. This is a significant event for council as these priorities guide a lot of the work that we will focus on as a municipality. Important projects like the Third Crossing,…
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Gearing Up for the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge Pitch Competition!

I’m incredibly excited to be hosting nine teams of post-secondary students here at City Hall tomorrow to pitch their innovative ideas on how to improve Kingston. This year we saw a surge in applications and lots of tremendous ideas come forward. These nine teams are the finalists from our post-secondary institutions who have competed to…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – February 6th, 2019

Miss Council last night Kingston? Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! Additional links:  Council Agenda Bill 66 7 Wright Crescent  

How We Can Use Smart Growth to Limit Property Tax Increases

After several nights of budget meetings, City Council formally approved the budget for the coming year. There are a number of important investments in this year’s budget, such as improvements to Richardson Beach, advancing a new downtown parking garage at Queen and Montreal St, and more investment in affordable housing. The budget also maintains important…
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Embracing Balanced Growth to Build More Housing

As we look forward to a new year and a new City Council term, it’s clear that housing is the number one priority around the Council table. Kingston has the lowest rental vacancy rate in the province, so it is imperative that more housing be built in our community in the years ahead. That way…
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Kingston Rated Number One Growth City in Canada in 2018: U-Haul

Earlier this month, U-Haul released its annual report on migration patterns in communities across Canada. Using data from moving truck rentals, the company compared the number of one-way trips into a community versus the number of one-way trips out of a community. What they found was particularly striking for Kingston. In 2018, our city jumped…
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From the Mayor’s Chair – January 23rd, 2019

Miss Council last night Kingston? Check out the latest version of From the Mayor’s Chair where I break down the decisions of Council in 2 minutes! Additional links:  Council Agenda Kingston Community Brand Position  223 Princess Street  Update on Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions